Traverse City Record-Eagle

Northern Living

April 14, 2013

Art Rapids! creates sculpture installation in Elk Rapids

ELK RAPIDS — It won’t be long before Elk Rapids’ “Walk of Art” outdoor exhibition begins to take shape.

Six sculptors selected by Art Rapids! are preparing their work for installation next month at the Elk Rapids Day Park, a 15-acre stretch of hardwoods, pines, dunes, wildflowers and beach extending a quarter-mile along East Grand Traverse Bay.

Installation of art work — one at a time — will be scheduled between May 1-20, said Sherri DeCamp, Art Rapids! board member and chair of the Walk of Art committee.

Additional sculptures, up to a maximum of 30, will be added in 2014 and 2015, she said. Placement of sculptures and any changes in the park have to meet county approval.

“Our big focus right now is getting the park opening,” she said. “This park will grow slowly. We won’t remove anything natural to put up art and we won’t interfere with the purpose of the park, which is recreation.”

Sculptors selected this year by Art Rapids! judges are:

- Pat Innis, an environmental artist who lives and has her studio in Alden. She is education director of the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain in Benzie County. Her environmental installation features mounded earth covered by vegetation in the shape of a seagull. Elk Rapids High School students will be involved in creating the piece.

- Bob Purvis, a minimalist sculptor and furniture maker who lives in Suttons Bay Township. His works in steel can be seen throughout the region, including the Dennos Museum Center.

- Mary Ellen Murphy of Central Lake and Jill Robinson of Bellaire, who will combine natural and industrial elements to create a triptych of wood, metal, stained glass, found objects and ceramics. Murphy works with architectural stained glass. Robinson is a clay artist.

- Sculptor John Goss of Williamsburg, who specializes in creating realistic wildlife sculptures from recycled metals.

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